UNEP hosts grand reunion, international homecoming

IRIGA CITY —   The University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) hosted the significant gatherings of its beloved alumni in two separate blasts of celebration,  the 2nd International Grand Alumni Homecoming sponsored by UNEP CN International Alumni Association Inc. USA and the 59ers Grand Reunion hosted by MMC UNEP High School Batch 1959.

One of the highlights of the celebration is a thanksgiving dinner and cultural night participated in by former UNEP students who came all the way from various parts of the continent just to partake of the celebration.

Joining the celebration is Fr. Ed Amata-Dura who also served as the officiating priest during the mass.  Fr. Dura is also one of the active members of the alumni and one of the organizers who made the “Magbinaydan” event happen in Iriga City .

UNEP Executive Vice President and concurrently the university’s VP for Finance, Ms. Deli Alfelor-Tibi was given the privilege to introduce the guests who are just too happy to set foot in their alma matter. Also at the helm of the event is no less than the young and dynamic university president, Atty. Remelisa Alfelor-Moraleda.

“One good thing about seeing each other is the moment when we start remembering all the good and the bad things with a smile in our face. It is when we try to bring back old memories that mean a lot to each and every one of us.  It is actually a comforting feeling knowing that you still share the same sentiments after all these years,” Tibi said in an interview.

The group of professional nurses also had their share in reminiscing their days at the UNEP campus when they were still weaving their dreams and productively plotting their career paths.

This year’s Alumni Homecoming was sponsored by the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) College of Nursing and the UNEP College of Nursing (UNEP-CN) International Alumni Association Inc. USA under the theme: Challenges in Nursing: Philippines/ United States versus opportunities.”

Focused on bringing a positive whisk of opportunities for Graduating Nursing students, the event was filled with lectures on how job opportunities will be trickled down to UNEPians who are now on their toes, preparing for the big challenge of finding a lucrative profession, not only here in the Philippines but also in the foreign land.

Ms. Eleanor R. Alfelor, Dean of UNEP College of Nursing cited that the event was indeed a combination of merriment and public service.

“This is one historic gathering for I believe that what we will be sharing here could serve as doors for bigger prospects especially for our nursing students.”

The UNEP College of Nursing International Alumni Association based in San Leandro , California has been consistently sending assistance to poor but deserving students who want to enlist as Nursing Students.  Since 2003, they have been very supportive of this cause, giving scholarship grants to a lot of aspiring nurses.

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